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Product liability litigator

Thomas Sterchi

Senior Counsel in Kansas City

Tom Sterchi is a founding member of the firm and served as its co-chair from 2014-2020 and as chair of the firm's Executive Committee from 1990-2013. An experienced trial lawyer, Tom has successfully defended manufacturers of products including pharmaceuticals and medical devices in a number of state and federal courts, attaining a worldwide reputation. He has served as national coordinating trial counsel in litigation on numerous products, most notably pharmaceutical products for some of the world’s largest companies and is serving as national trial counsel for a prominent contrast media company. He also served as lead trial counsel in high-profile cases involving tampons (toxic shock syndrome), antibiotics, and breast implants.

Tom has extensive experience in mass torts and multidistrict litigation, His class action defense work includes having successfully defeated class action attempts against the manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medical device products.


  • Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • University of Missouri School of Law, J.D.
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.S. Education, cum laude

Memberships & Activities

  • Active service in the United States Army, 1969-1971
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Former Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Former Vice Chairman of Medical and Hospital Relations Committee
  • Missouri Bar Association
    •  Biotech and Life Sciences Law Committee
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
    • Board of Directors (1989-1995)

Awards & Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, for over 35 years
  • Benchmark Litigation, 2017-2021
    • Local Litigation Star (Missouri)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Kansas City Metropolitan Area, 2012-present
    • Commercial Litigation (2013-present)
    • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions  Defendants (2014-present)
    • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions  Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2017)
    • Product Liability Litigation  Defendants (2012-present)
    • Product Liability Litigation  Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2014, 2019, 2021)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence, 2002-present
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-present
  • Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences, 2016-present
  • LMG Life Sciences, 2012-2021
    • Life Sciences Star-Product Liability (Non IP Litigation and Enforcement)
  • Missouri Lawyers Media ICON Award, 2020
  • Kansas City Business Journal Best of the Bar Award, 2018


  • Author: Proposed Federal Rules of Court Procedure Amendments Concerning Electronic Discovery: Will They Be Enough?, FDCC Quarterly, Volume 55, No. 2 (Winter 2005)
  • Contributing author: Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) Consumer Fraud 50 State Survey, Section on Kansas Law (2004)
  • Contributing author: ALFA International Product Liability Law Practice Group Compendium of Product Liability Law Issues, Section on Kansas Law (2004)
  • Contributing author: "Recent Developments in Products, General Liability, and Consumer Law", Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Volume 35, Number 2 (Winter 2000)
  • "Defendant's Right to Secure Medical Information and Records Concerning Plaintiff", 1990 Missouri Product Liability Case Survey (1991)


  • Facilitated and participated in "Pricing, Process and Profit - A New Way of Doing Business", FDCC and IADC Joint Law Firm Management Conference (May 2013)

News & Events


Baker Sterchi scores U.S. Supreme Court win in preemption case

BSCR's health insurer client was sued in Missouri state court in 2011, by a plaintiff who suffered injuries in a car accident. Plaintiff was a federal government employee, whose insurance program fell under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act (FEHBA), a statute with

Summary Judgment Obtained after Plaintiff's Experts Stricken under Daubert

BSCR obtained summary judgment in a medical device product liability case filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri following two successful motions striking plaintiff's liability and causation experts. Plaintiff brought suit against our client, a manufacturer of a surgical suture, alleging...

Baker Sterchi Obtains Complete Dismissal of Cases Against Pharmaceutical Client

In 2007, Plaintiffs began filing lawsuits against four pharmaceutical manufacturers and sponsors of gadolinium based contrast agents ("GBCAs") alleging that the GBCAs caused or contributed to cause a rare disease now known as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis ("NSF"). Close to 1000 cases were filed in various state and federal courts over a period of four years. . .